Author: DJ MR P

I’ve been listening to rock music for nearly 50 years. I love new music but especially enjoy uncovering its links to the rock, punk, and dance music of my youth
September 15, 2022

Pomme Consoles Me

To begin with, an apology. It is not always easy to write a mix of English and other languages in the same document. I will try and get it right but if I miss a diacritical mark or two, please forgive me. Trying to mix French and American components in writing is, itself, a metaphor for Pomme’s latest album consolation. In consolation, Pomme bridges the […]

September 13, 2022

Some End of Summer Updates

Ok, I know I’ve been slow getting new reviews up. I attribute that to two issues. First, there has been a dearth of new releases that I think are worthwhile writing about. Second, and most obvious, it’s been summer. With the waning of the pandemic, festivals of all sorts have been fired up and running again. In one week alone I saw The Punch Brothers, […]

August 19, 2022

Ryan Adams’ FM is Pure Power Pop

I haven’t had time to listen to the whole album and write a review but the new Ryan Adams album, FM, is an amazing homage to late 60s power pop. “FM” has been the name of a number of albums, songs, and movies throughout the years. Most notably is the Steely Dan song and 1978 movie. With a title like that you might expect a […]

August 15, 2022

Sorry King Princess You’re Just Whining

Known best for her queer love anthem “1950”, King Princess writes intense songs about love, and pain. She is akin to the singer songwriters of the 1990s such as Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega, and Tori Amos mixed with girl-power folk of Ani DiFanco. King Princess fits this crowd well, with confessional songs about relationships – both partner and friendship relationships – and the difficulties we […]

July 19, 2022

Does The New Metric Album Measure Up?

It’s almost embarrassing how long it took me to discover Metric. First off, they’re from Toronto, which is practically in my backyard. They also create 80s inspired dance pop and techno, two of my favorite genres. I suspect that they aren’t better known just because they seem so retro. It wasn’t until 2012 that that I ran into them through their near perfect techno song, […]

July 12, 2022

Listen to Lachi

While I work on my next full review, I wanted to introduce you to an artist who is new to me and goes by the mononym Lachi. While watching an episode of cultural history channel PBS Origins on YouTube, a channel I highly recommend, I encountered Lachi as a guest speaker. The episode was on the blind, black musician trope and it’s cultural origins. Lachi […]

July 6, 2022

Soccer Mommy Throws a Muse

Sophie Allison, a.k.a. Soccer Mommy has become one of the darlings of the indie music scene. That’s well deserved because of the quality of her music. It’s also strange because she’s not all that “indie”. While the themes of her music often revolve around mental health issues and addiction, so did Lynyrd Skynrd (“That Smell” for example) who was anything but indie. A much better […]

May 23, 2022

Rollin with the Surfragettes

Surf music, as a genre, has had an unusual trajectory. It started in the early 1960s with Dick Dale and Link Wray. Each played staccato instrumental music that replicated the thrill of surfing that exemplifies the genre. Dale, especially, set the template of surf music with his Middle Eastern and rock influences. But, as the saying goes, that was then, and this is now. By […]

May 16, 2022

White, Lizard, Fire, and the Bastille

The idea behind Tunes Past to Present is to talk about new music that might appeal to us, well, older folks. After you reach a certain age, it’s easy to exist in a music echo chamber. You listen to the tunes that you are most familiar with as do your friends. After a while it becomes easy to miss great bands that you would certainly […]

May 4, 2022

Wet Leg Leaves Me Dry

The band Wet Leg seems to be the latest installment in the “up and coming” category. Honestly, I don’t know why. What can I say – I don’t like them. They are repetitive, sing (if you can call it that) badly and are completely lacking in depth. They could be classified as punk or maybe pop (though not pop punk) and some reviewers are saying […]